Date of Award

5-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Craig Drennen

Second Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Third Advisor

Timothy Flowers

Fourth Advisor

Wesley Harvey

Abstract

Absurd Vessel is a series of multimedia paintings using themes of science fiction to explore the cognitive estrangement of mind and body through devotional imagery. These paintings provide a playful space in which earnest existential topics are expressed through so-called gay filth and deviancy and reoriented as rites of personal salvation. In this body of work, I research the various ways queer artists and writers come to terms with their spirituality while existing on the theological fringes. I extend this endeavor to cosmic cycles of death and rebirth in order to express a type of extro-science fiction, where full comprehension is just beyond reach. This ineffability parallels my former Christian beliefs’ inability to conceive of the exaltation of a queer body.

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